The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Is your cup too full?

Empty it to let God's message pour in

Retreat leader Joyce Rupp uses an everyday object — a cup — in short rituals designed to lead us to a deeper and richer spiritual life. Here is one from The Cup of Our Life (Ave Maria Press, 1997): "Hold the empty cup in your hands. Look at all the room the cup has for filling. Picture an inner part of yourself. Notice how much room there is for filling. Hold the cup out before you in the gesture of a beggar. Ask God to fill you."

Opening ourselves to God's grace is a practice we should do every day.

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